Cleansing Kale Salad

Lake Superior kitchen, kale salad, detox salad, Duluth food, paleo

Today feels amazing!  The sun is shining and you can go outside without a coat!  I have been anxiously awaiting a day like today for a long time.  It’s also Homegrown Music Festival in Duluth!  This is one of our favorite times of the year.  We get to enjoy quality local music and art, see so many friends, and remind ourselves why we love this city. 

    As the weather gets warmer, I love making sure I have a big bowl of salad in the fridge at all times.  It makes it so much easier to make a healthy decision when I can just scoop lunch out of a big bowl that’s waiting for me.  This salad is a cleansing, or detox, salad.  I’m going to highlight why it’s so awesome:

Kale-Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods around.  It has tons of vitamins and it targets your liver to help you detoxify!

Cabbage-Red cabbage is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.  It is a great source of Vitamin C.

Asparagus-Asparagus has been called “the hangover food.”  It is a great source of fiber and has tons of vitamins.  It is also an antioxidant and a natural diuretic.

Walnuts & sunflower seeds-These are going to give you some good fats to help in the detox process.

Hemp Seeds-Hemp seeds are incredible nutrient dense and a great source of protein.

Avocado-Vitamins, potassium, and good fats to help you detoxify.

In the dressing:

The acidity of the orange is great for your digestive system.  The olive oil will again give you more healthy fats.  Ginger helps with indigestion, among other things.  Vinegar is antibacterial and an antioxidant and is great for your gut.

Cleansing Kale Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

10 min, serves 5-6

Ingredients for Salad:

5 c chopped kale (about 1 bunch)

2 c chopped red cabbage

12 stalks of asparagus, cut lengthwise twice and then chopped into 1 in pieces

1/2 c walnuts, chopped

3 T hemp seeds

1/4 c sunflower seeds

1/2 or 1 full avocado, cubed

for Dressing:

1/4 c olive oil

3 T Clover Valley Farms Rhubarb Vinegar

1/2 t salt

1/2 t minced ginger

juice of 1 orange

1 T real maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in large bowl and toss
  2. Put dressing ingredients in mason jar and shake to combine.
  3. Pour desired amount of dressing on salad.  (I don’t like too much dressing so I used about 2/3 of it, but feel free to use it all!)

Sources:

www.authoritynutrition.com

globalhealingcenter.com

health.usnews.com